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Buying a house will likely be the biggest investment most people make, so when it comes time to do some renovations, you want to hire the right person for the job. The last thing we all want is poorly done renovations, or worse, damage, and so Your Morning sat down with contractor Mike Holmes to discuss some of the biggest do’s and don’ts when you’re on the hunt for a contractor. With decades of experience helping make it right for Canadian homeowners, Holmes brought us some handy tips to keep in mind as you pick the right person for the job. Watch the video above to hear from Holmes directly, and check out his advice below!

Slow down

Finding the right contractor and setting up the job will take longer than doing the job itself. If you’re in a rush, put it off.

Educate yourself

Learn what it takes to do the job right— not to do it yourself, but to know what questions you need to ask and the answers a pro would give you.

Check references

Not just three references, either. Go see as many jobs completed by the contractor as possible, including projects done years ago. These tell you the performance and durability of their work.

Do a background check

Make sure they have the proper insurance with minimum liability coverage of $5-million, and call their insurance company to verify their coverage and that it hasn’t expired.

Get it in writing

Before hiring a contractor, review their proposal and quote. They should include every detail about the job—if they’re vague, move on.